Exercise: ONE

COLLECTED

September 22, 2016

Being in a state of tranquility and control is something one always chases after. It's almost like a drug, if you ponder it. When you try it, you keep wanting it. It's addictive but it can be harmful at the same time.
These are a few photographs that have been collected over the past week. They may not be significant for anyone else but they convey a lot of memories - whether meaningful or not. Each of the photographs were taken at random but there are stories behind them which I have personally decided to stay mum about.

EXTRA

The literal meaning of chroma is "intensity of colour". Mr Kevin Todd of the University of the Sunshine Coast had humbly travelled all the way to Taylor’s Lakeside Campus to give an intricate and amazing exhibition of the relationship between colours. What set this exhibition apart was how he and a couple of other design students had intertwined their different cultural backgrounds and differences “to create an awareness of the complexity of our relationship and use of colour and to explore whether a standardisation is occurring due to computer-based technologies and in the teaching of design, where standard software has also become international.”

Personally, the mundane perspective of how I used to interpret colours has turned a hundred and eighty degrees. As the world evolves and becomes more dependent on technology, colours have also been digitalised. In other words, we live in a world of pixelated colours.


CHROMA 256
by Kevin Todd
September 21, 2016

Assignment: ONE

COMPONENT

September 27, 2016

"It's such a small world!"

Indeed it is but yet it is filled with intricate details that people tend to overlook. Each component creates an intriguing story--or not, but when elements are placed together, it sometimes creates something impeccable.
Having pictures in monochrome gives two extreme effects: it either helps to dim and focus on an object, or touches every detail. With that in mind, I wanted to make use of dominating factors and lighting to highlight various aspects. It's amazing how a simple black and white capture can make such a difference to an ordinary photograph. It's a game changer.

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Exercise: TWO

MONO

October 06, 2016

Minimalism is an ongoing popular trend at the moment. Capturing photographs in black and white adds an extra touch of minimalism. The word 'minimal' already says a lot: less is more.

The concept I had in mind was to portray the 'everyday life'  and lifestyle of Taylor's University Lakeside Campus. Since this is simply an exercise, I played around with lighting and other minimalist aspects. Contrast is key for the composition of this short photoshoot.

Assignment: TWO x Klang

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

October 06, 2016
Street photography is not unfamiliar to me, but having to journal with photographs was somewhat foreign to me. Instead of the typical recording with words, this time I had to use pictures to help visualise the things I had seen and experienced. Going from the hum and buzz of the city to more laid back surroundings was different and somewhat refreshing. 

I (we) had taken the chance to walk around the town of Klang, and observe through the lens of my camera how the people went about their daily lives. Also, the structure and design of the town's buildings were in 
stark contrast to those in the city. The town's buildings may have been more run down but it definitely gave it more character, and a deeper story to tell--these are my personal thoughts and interpretation. The people were more aware of their surroundings and interaction here, and this can be a culture shock for those who have lived in the city their whole lives (even though we are in the same country!).
My pictures are in monochrome but in reality, the surroundings were vivid with colours from the food, to the clothing, to the buildings. I simply admire the details of the town, particularly the clothing and bedding. They pay so much attention to the minor bits and pieces which create an intricate yet mesmerizing visual display. With this, the town sets its own culture and living, in comparison to how the city ticks and works.

Exercise: THREE

Perspectives

October 30, 2016

Perspective is defined as "a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.”

I wanted to make use of the highlights and shadows (contrast) to give a more interesting compostion to the various photographs. With that in mind, I paid attention to different objects or angles that I tend to overlook. Thus, for this exercise, you will find buildings or subjects that I encounter almost every day.

Exercise: FOUR

SHUTTER FAST, SHUTTER SLOW

November 06, 2016

Setting(s):

(Slow) Shutter Speed 
- Manual focus
- Wide angle 18-50 mm
- < 1 second
*Contrast between still or moving object*

(Fast) Shutter Speed
- Manual focus 
- Wide angle 18-50 mm
- > 1/1000 
This was an interesting exercise as we had to toggle and play around with the settings. One of the important things I have personally learned is that the environment plays a major part when it comes to taking photographs. The lighting affects every single shot. We had a bit of difficulty trying to understand and get used to the settings required for the outcome of the photographs we wanted.

Assignment: THREE

Hop like Bunnies at Cafés

October 30, 2016

Taking into account composition and creativity, we travelled around taking photographs of the food and interior design of different cafés.
Two of my friends and I set off on quite an adventure around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It felt as if we had travelled around the world as we went to the hotspots that were highly recommended by reviews. The cafés were quite far away from each other. Nevertheless, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (especially devouring all the sweets and coffee).

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Exercise: FIVE

F L A S H

November 17, 2016

Every component in a photograph is important: angling, lighting, shadowing (to name a few).
It was almost time to start off with our final assignment, where we had a chance to explore and experiment with the studio lighting provided. We had to bear in mind all the basics that we had learned for the semester, but of course to have fun as well--as it can be portrayed through the pictures we take too.
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Assignment: FOUR

Editorial

December 10, 2016

According to SHEEBA MAGAZINE, editorials are used to illustrate a story, article, text or an idea within the context of a magazine or to embellish a certain theme visually. It can be found in any genre: photojournalism, fashion, portrait, sports, landscape, etc.
Portraits can come off 'boring' or mundane, but there's so much room for creativity and composition. By applying minimal make-up and using lighting to set different moods, the team and I had our fun share of playing around with our cameras to take photographs. This was definitely one of my favourites.
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Assignment: FIVE

LEVITATION

January 14, 2017

For the final assignment, each of us was expected to draw some sketches and consult with our instructor/ guide/ teacher. Combining creativity and other technical aspects, we had to produce FIVE selected photographs for the assignment.​

At first, I had planned to have an object to focus on, which was to be a model with a paper boat. However, due to certain restrictions and rules, I finally decided on various different poses. After careful consideration and with the help of editing, I wanted the photographs to give a somewhat 'wistful' or 'thoughful' presence.

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